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Lagos Bat Virus
Is eating a bat eaten fruit a source of rabies? Is it true that the virus may survive only when transferred to a living animal?
Rabies: The mechanism of transmission you asked about is very unlikely. The most common method is by the transfer of infected saliva by the bite of a rabid animal. A second means for the transfer of rabies is through the ingestion of infected meat from an infected animal. The virus needs an animal host for survival. ...Read more
From India,my eyes came dangerously close to a bat at night 4 days ago.I ducked but am very scared about Nipah virus. I have good antirabies titres.
Your question?: So if there's no contact with the bat then, just let by gones be by gones. In other words--- good job having cat like reflexes which saved you from bat like scares! All good. ...Read more
From India.Due to dog bite, I had a course of Verorab,Sanofi.Will this be protective against all rabies virus including bat caused,or only dog caused?
From India.I live in urban city are but bats fly around me and have come close flying in the nights.I am scared about contracting Nipah virus.Pls help?
Bats: This paramyxovirus causes encephalitis, as does the lyssavirus that causes rabies. There is no vaccine for the first, but there is for the second. If you stay away from food that may have been contaminated with Nipah virus (raw date palm sap, etc.), and avoid contact with infected people you should be safe. If you are overly concerned with rabies you can be vaccinated. ...Read more
What should we do to prevent Ebola virus and disease.I have rabbits as pets.what extra measures should I take?or should I give them away??
Love & enjoy pets.: Please don't fret. The 2014 Ebola outbreak has impacted West African Countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. Although rabies can infect small mammals - the one case of Ebola in the US - from a Liberian national - is being contained. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rabies Transmission: Rabies is spread by infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin by animals such as dogs, bats, foxes or skunks. Dog transmission is rare in the us due to animal vaccination. Very rarely, rabies has been transmitted without an actual bite. This is believed to be caused by infected saliva that has gotten into the air, usually in bat caves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Docs, wanted to know if I can get lyssa virus after drinking from a water fountain that was underneath some trees?
Rabies transmission : Rabies is contracted from the animal bite of an infected mammal. About one in 1000 human cases is from an animal scratch-- since animals sometimes lick their paws, and saliva is the infectious material. Rabies virus cannot survive outside of an animal - so u can't get it from a drinking fountain. There are "occult" rabies exposures -usually bat scratches that are not reported: 1 in 100 million ...Read more
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